The Supreme Court has questioned the appointment P J Thomas as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner. Questioning the appointment the apex court said how Thomas would work as CVC since a chargesheet naming him is pending in a criminal case.

“Without looking into the file, we are concerned that if a person is an accused in a criminal case how he will function as CVC,” a bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia observed after Attorney General G E Vahanvati placed the file in a sealed cover.

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The bench said it will go through the file and posted the matter after two weeks.

“We will sit together and go through the file,” the bench also comprising Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar said.

With a pending chargesheet against P J Thomas, he will find it very difficult to function as CVC, the court said. It also said how an accused in Palmolein import scam can be made to handle such a sensitive post.

The name of Thomas figures in the chargesheet filed in a palmoleine export case.

Government had placed in a sealed cover file relating to the appointment of P J Thomas as Chief Vigilance Commissioner in the Supreme Court.

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